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Top 25 ABA Therapist Interview Questions
1. Why did you choose a career as an ABA Therapist?
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ABA Therapist
February 11th, 2017

An ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) Therapist is a professional that studies a patient's behavior to implement an appropriate behavioral intervention. An ABA Therapist combines psychology, counseling, social work, education, and organizational management all into one job. Your patient populations includes children and adults with mental illness, developmental disabilities and learning disorders. You bring your expertise to schools, homes, institutions, group homes and hospitals. Your busy addressing behaviors such as language; social, academic, leisure and functional life skills; aggression, selfinjury, oppositional and stereotyped behaviors. Every patient is different and every day brings a new challenge.

Creativity, free thinking, patience and flexibility come second nature to you. As an ABA Therapist you have to be able to think outside of the box. Creativity is one of the tools in your toolbox to bring out the best in a child. You may conduct an ABA session at the park or beach, create a slideshow of your patients favorite photos or teach them to play an instrument. Your therapy will help teach, increase and maintain behaviors such as life, communication and social skills.

Your resume will reflect your education now you'll need to show the interviewer how you made an impact in your patients lives. To prepare for your interview, do some research to see who your target population is. Have a few short, relevant stories in your back pocket that show your talents as an ABA Therapist. Tell the interviewer about the various tools and programs you use with your patients and your ability to work along side other medical professionals.
ABA Therapist Interview Questions
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When have you had difficulty with a parent? How did you handle the situation?
 
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What are the four basic schedules of reinforcement?
 
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What are the types of differential reinforcement techniques?
 
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Tell me about an example when a child was failing at every desired behavior. How did you stay patient and overcome this issue?
 
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How do you respond to a patient that is abusive to you or other people?
 
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Would you be willing to travel to various centers, schools, etc?
 
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Where do you see your career in 5 years?
 
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Tell us a little bit about yourself.
 
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How would your co-workers describe you?
 
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How would your boss describe you?
 
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When have you worked independently before? What challenges do you find when working independently?
 
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Tell me about your experience with patients that have an eating disorder. What feeding therapy techniques have you performed?
 
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Tell me about your experience creating behavior intervention plans for autistic children.
 
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Give me an example of a time when you have worked with children voluntarily? What was the event and what did you learn from the experience?
 
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What experience do you have working with children with autism?
 
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What type of certification do you have? Are there any additional certifications you are looking to obtain in the future?
 
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When you noticed a child or adolescence with aggressive behavior toward others, what type of intervention did you perform to reduce that person's behavior?
 
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When have you felt confused in trying to solve why a patient's behavior was a certain way?
 
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What is your greatest weakness as an ABA Therapist?
 
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What is your greatest strength as an ABA Therapist?
 
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Explain to me what HIPAA is, and how that affects your job as an ABA Therapist?
 
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What recent action did you show that demonstrated that you care for children and your patients?
 
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Do you have experience with one-on-one patient sessions?
 
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How do you deal with work stress?
 
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Heather Douglass
HR Specialist in Healthcare
 
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